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By Tracey BrandEditor, Nursery Education PLUS

We talk to Children’s Laureate, renowned international author and illustrator, Anthony Browne about the inspiration behind his work


Anthony Browne

What are your earliest childhood memories?

For the first five years of my life we lived in a pub and I dimly remember going into the bar, standing on a table and telling stories to the customers. The stories were about a character I invented called Big Dumb Tackle.


In the early days, did you feel encouraged to mark make?

Yes, I was encouraged all through my childhood by my parents to draw and paint.


What do you remember about reading as a child?

I read a lot of comics (words and pictures) and later on I loved the Just William books by Richmal Crompton.

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